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Our next map reveals the best free attraction in each state, based on the proportion of TripAdvisor reviews accompanying it that are rated five stars. Attractions range from sites of natural beauty like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee — the most-visited national park in the country and one of 16 that are free to enter — to art museums, war memorials and entire districts, like the downtown district of Bozeman, Montana, deemed “lively and hopping” by one reviewer.

Eight of the Top Ten Free Attractions in North America Are in the U.S.

U.S. attractions dominate our ranking of the best of the best free attractions in North America, based on the proportion of reviews that are rated five stars. After the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio, America’s top free-entry attractions include other military monuments and museums, like the “humbling” Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia (90.59% of five-star reviews), art museums and religious sites.

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But it’s Horseshoe Falls in Canada that ranks as the second most top-rated free attraction (92.70% of five-star reviews) on the continent, the largest of the three waterfalls that comprise the picturesque and free-to-visit Niagara Falls (which attracts 20 million tourists a year). Reviewers can’t stop gushing (pun intended) about this powerful waterfall, with one stoic writer offering: “Yes, not the highest in the world etc. but to observe the falls is impressing and interesting.”
Welsh Mining Museum Among the Top Free Attractions in Europe

After the aforementioned and truly magical-sounding tiny harp museum, the highest-rated free attraction in Europe (89.71% of five-star reviews) is the Big Pit National Coal Museum in a small Welsh town called Blaenavon. Visitors can park for £5 (you can’t win them all) and make their way onto a 300 ft-deep guided tour of an old coal mine that closed in 1980; one reviewer calls it “a great place to visit as long as you are not claustrophobic!”

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